Ramya Venkataraman is Founder & CEO of Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), an India-based teacher certification entity that aims to create a career path for the profession, connect outstanding teachers to great opportunities, serve as a market-based signal of quality to schools and training providers, and catalyze teacher professional development. Through the catalytic effect of this, CENTA hopes to play a central role in improving the quality of school education and making teaching a preferred and celebrated profession. CENTA's first initiative, the CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad TPO 2015, received tremendous response from India's teaching and broader education community.
Prior to this, Ramya was with McKinsey & Company for 16 years, including as Leader of the Education Practice (which she built), and in multiple other industry sectors/geographies in the first 10 years - a broader professional experience that she continues to bring to bear in her education work.
Ramya is known for several pioneering on-the-ground reform efforts in both school education and skills in India - driving large scale reform in a public school system and catalyzing a series of others modeled similarly, helping set up a national institution that has dramatically changed the skilling landscape of India, supporting the development of several reputed foundations and private organizations, and contributing to significant policies especially on public-private partnership at the state and national level. Beyond hands-on experience in India, Ramya has played advisory roles in education in Bhutan, South East Asia, middle east and North Africa.
Ramya is member of a few significant education committees including the Global Alliance on Teachers by Varkey Foundation, the FICCI School Education Committee in India and an NCTE-QCI (National Council for Teacher Education, Quality Council of India) committee. She serves on the advisory boards of STIR Education and HCL Learning. She has authored well-received articles from time to time and informally guides young organizations.
Ramya was recently elected an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of her leadership and continued contributions to the education space. She earlier received a Global Entrepreneurship Award from McKinsey, was profiled by a Professor from the Institute of Education, UK, for system level impact, and was recognized as a distinguished alum by her high school. Ramya holds a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and has received prestigious awards for leadership at both institutes.